2014 Volunteer Income Tax Clinics

Written on February 27, 2014 at 9:00 am, by

Do you have low-income clients who need their income taxes done?

Click here for the 2014 KCR Volunteer Income Tax Clinic List.

National Volunteer Week: Recognizing Volunteer Impact

Written on April 8, 2014 at 8:31 am, by

So what are you doing to celebrate National Volunteer Week? Here are some events to consider.

If you are working with groups of volunteers, why not attend the free workshop to become certified in using Volunteer Canada’s new volunteer experience recognition program.

The PREB website will help you identify skills and tasks accomplished using human resources terms understood by potential employers.

You save time and produce professional references that your volunteers who are job hunting or advancing in their careers can use with their resumes.

The PREB certification training will be held Tuesday, April 8, 2014, from 12 noon to 1 pm at KCR, 120–1735 Dolphin Avenue, Kelowna. Register at, bring your own lunch and we will provide a sweet treat.

Do you like chat on the phone? Do you know a volunteer you would like to thank?

Then come on down to the Okanagan Heritage Museum to access the VOLUNT-HEAR HOTLINE sponsored by Volunteer Canada and Investors Group.

Dial 1.855.372.5077 toll-free and leave a national message. Give your name and community, the name of the volunteer you are honouring and describe what they did to make an impact in your life.

Your message can be downloaded from Soundcloud and we encourage you to share these stories through social media.

The VOLUNT-HEAR HOTLINE will be open at the Okanagan Heritage Museum, 470 Queensway Avenue, on Saturday, April 12th between 11 am and 3 pm.

Do you volunteer as the director of a board for a nonprofit organization?

Because of the collective leadership of boards, many people in our community are fed, clothed and housed. They connect with counselling, recreation, health, places of worship and so many other resources that strengthen them as individuals and families.

Attend the Board Impact Forum on April 14, 2014 from 4 to 6 pm at Rotary Centre for the Arts to learn more about the collective impact you help make and meet other board directors to share ideas.

The Board Impact Forum will explore The Influence and The Issues through a moderated panel with time for entertainment, dessert and networking.

Seating is complementary, registration is recommended, register now.

Many non-profit organizations in our community will host activities to recognize the difference that volunteers make in their organizations.

Join the crowd and celebrate National Volunteer Week.

KCR April Monthly Bulletin

Written on April 4, 2014 at 10:57 am, by

The April Monthly Bulletin has been released!

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Make sure to subscribe to the Monthly Bulletin to stay up-to-date on all of the information released each month.

KCR is Hiring a Project Manager!

Written on April 4, 2014 at 8:59 am, by

KCR Project Manager

Is project management your specialty? Do you have proven skills in curriculum development and facilitating learning? Are you energized by collaborating at the regional committee level?

Kelowna Community Resources (KCR) wants to hire an individual who demonstrates initiative in ensuring that projects are run efficiently, to the highest quality and within budget, achieving deliverables and reporting outcomes to funders in a timely manner. Projects entail chairing and managing expectations of community consultation committees comprised of non-profit organizations, government departments and business people. Workshop materials will be developed and promoted using all forms of media and facilitated for service providers and participants in the 55+ demographic.

The ideal candidate will have skill sets in the following areas:

  • Project management
  • Curriculum and tool kit development
  • Research and writing abilities
  • Facilitation skills
  • Communication and active listening
  • Computer skills: MS Office Package
  • Promotion and marketing
  • Chairing effective meetings and relationship building
  • Knowledge and experience working with people who are 55 years of age and older
  • Preference given to candidates with volunteer management knowledge and experience

This contract position will average 18.5 hours per week for 11 months, with a possibility of renewal beyond March 31, 2015. An hourly wage in the range of $18 – $20 is dependent upon skills and experience. The successful candidate will typically work in an office environment between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm on Monday through Friday. Our office location is 120-1735 Dolphin Avenue, Kelowna. Representing KCR may result in selectively working evenings or weekends and in a variety of public venues.

As a registered charity, KCR provides a variety of support to the Central Okanagan not-for-profit sector in the areas of community information and volunteerism through its Community Services Department. Professional development and learning opportunities are provided to service providers and members of the public. Publications and online database information are maintained to assist people in navigating services throughout our region.

Send your resume with references to Dawn Wilkinson, Community Services Manager, KCR, 120 -1735 Dolphin Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8A6 or email: ac.rcknull@nosnikliwd.

Application Deadline: April 14, 2014

Employment Services – Information Sessions

Written on March 27, 2014 at 2:29 pm, by

The start date for the next Urban Older Worker Program will be Tuesday, April 22nd. This will be a 5 week in-class session for 10 Participants – followed by 6 weeks of work experience support.

Information Session dates for anyone interested in the program are as follows:
Tuesday – April 8th & 15th, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Thursday – April 3rd, 10th, & 17th, 10:30am – 12:00pm

Please contact Luc at 250.763.8008 ext.122 or e-mail ac.rcknull@cul for more information.


Citizenship 101 Course

Written on March 26, 2014 at 10:36 am, by


Date: April 17th – May 20th, Every Tuesday & Thursday Evening, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Location: Kelowna Community Resources, #120 – 1735 Dolphin Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: Free
To Register:
Aimee: 250.763.8008 x35 | ac.rcknull@eemia
Doreen: 250.763.8008 x29 | ac.rcknull@neerod

Educational Series Workshop: Less Effort with Better Results

Written on March 26, 2014 at 9:45 am, by

April 16, 2014 – April 16, 2014

3200 Richter Street

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Date: April 16th
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: KPMG, 3200 Richter Street

Learn how to evaluate projects and programs to benefit your organization and meet funding requirements.


Kate Woodman, PhD, CE Candidate

LessEffort-KateBioKate is the CEO of Catalyst Research & Development Inc., and brings 20 years of evaluation experience with all sorts of approaches to assess progress on health, social and educational issues.  The latter include primary health care, mental health, street-involved pregnant women, violence and abuse prevention, drug treatment, youth mentoring, early childhood development, and seniors “aging in place.”  Kate and Gene have worked with many groups to build evaluation capacity, and developed and used many types of evaluation tools.  Both have also led efforts to translate and use knowledge – to strengthen community action, improve practices and focus policies and funding.

Eugene Krupa, PhD, CE

LessEffort-GeneBioGene has 35 years experience leading design, evaluation and capacity-building initiatives with government, NGO, university & community groups.  His emphasis is on early childhood development (ECD), teen health and relationships, preventing/managing chronic illness, and their social “determinants” (e.g., poverty, education & literacy, gender, food security). Dr. Krupa was recognized by both BC Medical Association and BC Public Health Association for work in community-based ECD,  and continues with developmental evaluation & planning province-wide evaluation of ECD in Alberta. He consults on community-based programs to promote teen healthy relationships (Canada), and digital training (professional & volunteer) to improve “maternal and child health” in Zambia.




The Gathering Place featured on ShawTV

Written on March 21, 2014 at 8:59 am, by

At our potluck event in February, The Gathering Place had the amazing opportunity to showcase the importance of such a space in the community and share an amazing meal together with Shaw TV in the background. The lovely faces of The Gathering Place can be seen here:

We look forward to seeing more of these events and invite all of you to come to our March potluck on the 25th!

Crisis Lines Answer the Call: Will YOU?

Written on March 17, 2014 at 9:41 am, by

What if you could change a life, or even save one, just by answering the phone? Would You? Your Interior Crisis Line Network (ICLN) is hoping you’ll say ‘Yes’. Every 20 minutes someone calls the ICLN and is supported by trained staff and volunteers and the number of calls are steadily increasing. Calls range from requests for resources to short-term emotional support to suicide prevention and intervention.

Regardless of the issue, by the end of the call the person receives support that truly makes a difference in their lives. In fact, the ICLN has been so responsive that calls have increased almost 20% since last year.

“On one hand this is great news” says Asha Croggon, ICLN Program Manager “because it means that people know they can call for support. On the other hand it means that we are in need of volunteers now more than ever to ensure we have enough trained crisis line workers on the line to answer this increased need.”

The ICLN is not just making a difference for those who call in, but also for the staff and volunteers who answer the calls. “The training not only prepared me to support people on the lines, but it’s made a big difference in my own life too. I’m better at handling my own stress, it’s helped in my job search and in supporting my friends and family” shares one volunteer.

March 17, 2014 is the beginning of Crisis Line Awareness Week and you are welcome to reach out to Janet Roth, Crisis Line Coordinator, at ac.rcknull@enilsisirc to find out more about how you can make a difference as a volunteer. Or call the Interior Crisis Line Network if you are in need of support. (1.888.353.CARE (2273))

Workshop: Board Directors for Board Impact Forum

Written on March 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm, by

April 14, 2014 – April 14, 2014

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Board Impact Forum

Featuring Moderated Panel Forum, Entertainment & Dessert Networking Reception

Date: Monday, April 14, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Registration opens at 3:30pm
Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue
Cost: FREE

Join our panel of experts at the Board Table.  Combined, they have thousands of hours of experience and information to share. Hear about the economic impact and value of boards.  Learn about issues facing boards and possible solutions and then connect with your peers to make it happen.

Where is volunteer governance going?  What is the real role of a director?
Critical factors in choosing boards and innovative ways to achieve success.
How should your organization prepare for the future? What needs to be done now?
Social enterprise and sustainable funding for NFP.


Don’t miss the opportunity to have your Board Members take part in this valuable, enriching event.  It’s free to attend.


Panel Moderator: Dr. Sharon McCoubreyFaculty of Education, University of British Columbia Okanagan
Bio - Sharon McCoubreyDr. Sharon McCoubrey is an Associate Professor of the Faulty of Education at UBC Okanagan, with a specialty in art education. Her community work includes the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan, Lake Country Public Art Commission, Art Gallery Society, Central Okanagan Foundation and Lake Country ArtWalk.

Dr. McCoubrey obtained her Bachelor and Master Degrees from the University of Victoria and her Doctorate Degree from UBC, all in art education. She is the author of several art education resource books.  Her current research work involves art education topics, sustainability, aboriginal education, and intergenerational learning.


Panel Members

Alison Moscrop, Colin & Lois Pritchard Foundation
Bio - Alison MoscropAlison Moscrop is Past Chair, and a 6-year volunteer Board Director for the United Way of the Central & South Okanagan/Similkameen. She also sits as a Director on her family’s private foundation board for The Colin & Lois Pritchard Foundation.

Wearing her “funder’s hat”, Alison was Chair of the United Way’s Allocation/Community Investment committee for 2 years. Her 5 year involvement on this committee provided her the opportunity to meet with many of the United Way’s 25+ community partner agencies, including their Board members throughout the Central & South Okanagan.

With private and charitable sector board experience, Alison believes she has a firm understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing volunteer board directors. She looks forward to sharing her experiences at the Board Impact Forum.

Cam Kourany, CBRE
bio-camCam has recently retired from his position at CBRE as Senior Managing Director, Canada. CBRE, a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm.

Two companies that Cam founded were acquired by CBRE in 2008. As part of the acquisition, CBRE asked that Cam lead their Canadian services group for three years, which he did successfully. He remains an advisor to CBRE Canada.

In 2011, Cam and his wife, Sharon Varette, moved to Kelowna to enjoy its community and the great outdoors.

Cam has served on numerous Boards (not-for-profit as well as for-profit), including the CBRE National Operation Committee, the Canada GCS Leadership Council, the Americas Advisory Board of CBRE in 2010, the Ottawa Construction Association, and the Gatineau Lake Association.

Cam currently serves on the Board of the Kelowna CMHA and is also a member of a special committee for the local Y.

Ken Gauthier, Urban Systems
Bio - Ken GauthierAs a Social Entrepreneur, Ken Gauthier spearheaded the Urban Matters social venture platform as a means to develop new approaches to supporting the community-focused NGO sector with leadership, guidance and technical expertise that has historically been out of reach. He is also a principal/owner at Urban Systems, a 40 year old consultancy that specializes in community development across Western Canada.

Ken Co-Chairs the BC Partners for Social Impact, a Provincial scale network of peers, influencers and volunteers committed to the cause of social systems change in British Columbia. He is President of the Kelowna Community Development Society and a Director with the Project Build Society.

Laura ThurnheerOkanagan School of Business, Okanagan College
Bio - Laura ThurnheerLaura is currently a Professor at the Okanagan School of Business at Okanagan College. In this role Laura instructs in the Bachelor of Business Administration Program in the areas of Strategic Management, Human Resources Management and Tourism.

As an active member of her local business community she is very aware of the challenges facing businesses today and strives to help new and existing businesses develop and expand. Laura is a Past President of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and currently is a Director with the British Columbia Wine Authority. In addition, she is a Director of KCR and the United Way of the Central and South Okanagan / Similkameen.

Lynn Malinsky, Board Voice
Bio - Lynn MalinskyLynn has served on numerous governance boards with local, provincial, and national organizations including YWCA, Federation of Invisible Disabilities, CATCH, BC Council for Families, Yukon Family Services, BC Options for Sexual Health, and National Addictions Council.  She is currently Board Director with The Bridge Youth and Family Services, Peachland Wellness Centre and Board Voice Society of BC.

Lynn believes community-based agencies have substantial social and economic impact in our communities and the volunteer boards of these agencies contribute a valuable citizen voice.  As Regional Lead for the Community Boards in Action Project, she is committed to promoting  board development and creating a collective voice for volunteer boards.

Sponsored by:



Workshop: PREB Certification

Written on March 13, 2014 at 1:32 pm, by

April 8, 2014 – April 8, 2014

1735 Dolphin Avenue

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Become certified to use the PREB website. It enables people who are managing volunteers to recognize volunteers by identifying skills and tasks accomplished.

What is PREB?

PREB is a volunteer experience recognition program. It allows community organizations to:

  • Provide recognition to their volunteers by highlighting their skills and showcasing the tasks accomplished
  • Help volunteers in their job searches by describing, in specific professional terms, their volunteer experiences to potential employers
  • Draft job descriptions that are clear and well constructed in order to increase the recruiting, managing and retaining of volunteers

Facilitator: Dawn Wilkinson
Cost: Free registration; bring your lunch and we will provide a sweet treat